Magazine June 22, 2020, Issue

Prep School

At a wilderness survival-skills course in Sydney, Australia, May 31, 2020 (Loren Elliott/Reuters)

Confession time: I’ve always been a bit of a prepper.

I really shouldn’t be broadcasting this, I know. Prepping — the hobby of preparing for societal breakdown by stocking up on insane amounts of Chunky Soup and Band-Aids and waterproof matches and hand-cranked emergency radios that you actually have no idea how to use — was until very recently seen as a fringe activity for either bored weirdos who dwell in desert RVs or rich weirdos who live in Silicon Valley.

Moreover, telling people you are a prepper breaks the most important rule of prepping, which is akin to the first and

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Heather Wilhelm is a columnist for National Review. Her work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, RealClearPolitics, the Washington Examiner, Commentary magazine, the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald, and the Kansas City Star

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